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Why Martina McBride Likes Being 'Reckless:' 'It's What Keeps Us Human'

Martina McBride Talks About Her New Song "Reckless"
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02/26/2016 AT 03:15 PM EST

Martina McBride is feeling "Reckless."

That's the name of her brand new song and according to the singer, she's showing a side of herself fans might not have realized she has.

"It's kind of my story," McBride, 49, tells PEOPLE. "When I first heard it, it took me back to when I first met my husband. I was 20 years old, which I've got daughters about that age now. It doesn't seem like I was ever their age, but I was 20 once and I was singing in clubs five nights a week until like three in the morning. I was partying and making some questionable life choices – nothing that landed me in jail or anything – but just being a kid."

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However, McBride says meeting her husband, John McBride, diverted her off a reckless path.

"I met John and he was a little bit older than me and was already established in his career as a sound engineer. He just saw through all of the reckless kid in me and really saw who I was as a person and helped me shape that. When I heard this song, it took me back to the first year or so of our relationship and all of that. It's definitely a personal song to me."

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Though McBride, who is releasing her 13th studio album (and no, she's not superstitious) this spring, admits she still likes to feel a little reckless from time to time.

"There's a lot of different kinds of reckless – it's taking chances, it's being daring, it's doing the unexpected – I think it can have a positive connotation.

"It's what keeps us human. Nobody wants to be perfect all the time. Everybody wants to feel like they have a little bit of recklessness in them – otherwise it's boring!"
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